Month: November 2016

Government proposes huge fine on foreign boats

Sri Lanka has proposed a penalty of up to Rs17 crore (Indian rupees) on foreign boats that enter another country’s territorial waters for fishing, in the backdrop of a running spat with India over the latter’s fishermen straying into its waters.

CAA rents 10 new luxury vehicles

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has ordered 10 new luxury vehicles despite its top officials, including the Director General, already being granted luxury vehicles.

Karuna Amman arrested

Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman has been arrested by the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) on Tuesday morning.

Sri Lankan jailed for stealing Dh1 million of valuables from Dubai villa

Three men including one Sri Lankan were sentenced to a year in jail each for breaking into a villa in Dubai and stealing valuables worth Dh1 million while the owner was overseas on holiday.

China calls for concerted efforts to strengthen maritime security

COLOMBO – China on Monday called on countries to join hands in strengthening maritime security and overcoming the challenges and threats faced at sea.

Condolence Messages for Fidel Castro

“It was with profound sadness that I learnt of the passing away of His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz, former President of the Republic of Cuba and an iconic revolutionary of the twentieth century, states Maithripala Sirisena in a condolence message Cuban President Raul Castro.

Indian Navy chief to call on President, PM

India Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived in Colombo on a five-day bilateral visit aimed at consolidating and enhance the bilateral maritime security relations between India and Sri Lanka.

President to ask Trump to drop human rights accountability charges

President Maithripala Sirisena hopes US President-elect Donald Trump would grant Sri Lanka redress by not pursuing the human rights accountability charges against the country.

Faiszer says not working to personal wishes of any political party or gang

At a discussion held with the Secretaries’ forum of Recognised Political Parties, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha said that he does not work according to personal wishes of any political party or gang.

MV Avant-Garde ordered released

The MV Avant-Garde was ordered released by the Galle Magistrate, on a Rs. 35 million bond.

Fine for overtaking from left a mistake of Minister: Gemunu

The decision to impose a steep fine of Rs.25,000 for overtaking a vehicle from the left side was taken by the Transport Minister mistakenly during the meeting at the Finance Ministry, Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association President Gemunu Wijeratne said.

No caged animals at Dehiwela Zoo from next March

The caging of animals at the Dehiwela Zoo will be abolished by March next year while arrangements will be made to provide proper care to the animals

Rajitha refutes Wijeyadasa on 32 Lankan Muslims joining ISIS

The Defence establishment has denied having any record of 32 Sri Lankan Muslims joining Islamic State (IS) also known as ISIS in recent times

Sri Lanka snatch thrilling victory over wasteful Windies

Sri Lanka took three wickets in the last three overs to snatch a thrilling one-run victory over West Indies in the triangular one-day series on Wednesday.

Government to ban sale of loose cigarettes

The government will soon ban the selling of cigarettes separately, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday during a meeting held with Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA).

Wigneswaran calls for north-south dialogue

Northern Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran on Tuesday called for greater dialogue between people of Sri Lanka’s north and south.